You can now start a Duo video chat right in the middle of a regular phone call

Google has started rolling out a new feature on its Phone app that allows a Duo video call to be started up in the middle of a regular voice call. If you are using the Google Phone app and you call someone who has Duo installed on their device, you will see a new button added to the Phone app’s in-call list of options. Labeled “Video call” and paired with the Duo icon, pressing this button will disconnect the original phone call and launch the Duo app on both ends of the conversation.

If the recipient of the call isn’t decent, or doesn’t want to be on camera for one reason or another, the …


Adobe Lightroom gets new features to offer better picture editing on your phone

Lightroom, the app that gives you plenty of extra features to help you capture, edit and share great-looking pictures, has just received an important update for both Android and iOS platforms.

If you’re using an Android phone as your daily driver, Lightroom has brought some nifty features for you. For starters, App Shortcuts are now available to everyone with devices powered by Android Nougat and later devices, which will allow users to tap and hold on the app icon to quickly launch the app into popular modes.

With the latest version of Lightroom for Android, …

Essential Phone may have sold 50,000 units according to camera app download numbers

Back in late September, we reported about a research firm that claimed Essential Phone only sold 5,000 units in the United States. Fast forward six weeks and it looks like that number increased by ten times.

Apparently, Essential Phone may have sold around 50,000 units since its release, a much better number than the amount mentioned in September. The information is based on the number of downloads of Essential’s Camera app from the Google Play Store, so it surely isn’t 100% accurate.

In case you’re wondering how did Essential manage to boost sales of its smartphone in such a short …

Microsoft Surface Phone? New leaks suggest it's still happening!

It was about a couple of years ago when Microsoft called it quits on the hardware side of the smartphone market and said it will focus on developing its software suite for mobile, continue to develop Windows 10 for all platforms, but leave phone-building to 3rd party manufacturers. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL were the last top-tier Windows phones made by Redmond itself.

But rumors that Microsoft is planning another top-tier phone just refuse to die. The so-called Surface Phone is a mythical creature that lives in legends that may or may not turn out to be true.

According …

Consumers prefer receiving software updates to buying a new phone

In the old days, when carriers would subsidize the purchase of a new phone every other year, smartphone users were on a defined two-year cycle. But now, with consumers shouldering the cost of buying a new phone themselves, people are treating their handsets with kid gloves. Instead of buying a new phone every two years, consumers prefer to receive timely software updates that add new features to older handsets.

According to Jan Dawson, founder and chief analyst of Jackdaw Research, consumers are changing their behavior. “We all know people still carrying around a 4- or 5-year-old smartphone …

Lease the Essential Phone for $6 a month at Sprint

It’s hard to believe that it was just this past January when Andy Rubin, known as “the father of Android,” said that he was building a phone to compete against top shelf models like the Apple iPhone and the Google Pixel. The Essential Phone launched during the summer with an edge-to-edge display, a smaller version of the notch, and a dual-camera setup that is improving with every update.

Originally priced at $699, a few months later the phone received a permanent (and rather hefty) $200 price cut to $499. Now, you can walk into Sprint and lease the Essential Phone for just $6 per month on …

Essential Phone gets another update for its Camera app, here is what's new

One of the Essential Phone’s major letdowns, camera performance continues to be improved through software updates that seem to come pretty often lately. After adding Facebook Live 360 streaming support to its 360 Camera module, Essential is now updating the Camera app that comes pre-installed on the phone.

While there don’t seem to be any graphics changes, Essential added two new features: YouTube Live 360 support (for Essential 360 Camera) and the option to broadcast Facebook Live 360 on a Facebook page. In a previous update, Essential finally enabled Portrait …

HTC U11 EYEs (Harmony) seemingly coming soon as a new, large mid-range phone


Back in 2014, HTC launched an interesting smartphone called
Desire EYE, and it looks like the company is now ready to revive half of that
name. According to ever-reliable Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), HTC plans to
release a new handset called U11 EYEs.

 

Reportedly, the U11 EYEs is the unannounced device that was
known until now as the HTC Ocean Harmony. Thus, this should be a mid-range
smartphone with a 6-inch display, an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, and 4
GB of RAM. 

 

The HTC Desire EYE (pictured above) was named like that
mainly because it had a large 13 MP front …

How much would you pay for a phone? (poll results)

The upwards average price swing of phones this season, compared to the previous year, can be attributed to the shift towards taller and narrower screen designs, the widespread use of more premium materials for the casing, and a bevy of features that phone makers have to offer now to stand a chance, like dual cameras, or neat biometry tricks for unlocking. Still, our disposable income hasn’t really changed all that much in the span of a year, that is why we asked you last week, in the year when top-shelf phone prices swung from $650+ on average, to $750+, how much …

How much would you pay for a phone?

‘Tis the season of giving, holidays, and ultraexpensive smartphones, it seems. Samsung opened the floodgates when it charged a Benjamin more for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ than the starting price of the S7 and S7 edge last year, then priced the Note 8 at $830. Apple one-upped it with the $999 iPhone X, but also charges more for the iPhone 8 than it did for the iPhone 7 before it, while Google went all out with a 128 GB Pixel 2 XL that lands at $950. 

Oh, let’s not forget the LG V30, launched at $830 starting price. Even Huawei, which has now reached …